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Westmonster: Arron Banks launches 'anti-establishment' website

Businessman who helped bankroll Brexit aims to copy 'highly provocative tone of Breitbart'

Arron Banks, the man said to have bankrolled the Brexit campaign, has launched an "anti-establishment" news website set to be the UK equivalent of the US's Breitbart.

Westmonster, which launched today, promises to be "pro-Brexit, pro-Farage, pro-Trump, anti-establishment, anti-open borders, anti-corporatism" and features original content as well as news aggregated from the internet.

Banks, who donated £1m to Ukip and reportedly gave more than £6m to a variety of anti-EU campaigns, co-owns the site with Michael Heaver, Nigel Farage's former press adviser and a contributor to Breitbart, the controversial US news organisation popular among the self-named "alt-right".

The owners are "open about wanting to ape the opinionated, anti-establishment, highly provocative tone of Breitbart", reports the BBC.

In its introductory blurb, the site says: "What an incredible year 2016 was! Seismic political change swept the world, first with Brexit, followed by the election of Donald Trump as US President. The establishment took one hell of a beating."

It also features stories relating to Brexit, burqas and Polish immigrants, writes EU Observer.

In addition, there is an article from former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, which is expected to become a recurring feature, and the BBC says Banks and Heaver hope to enlist more celebrity writers.

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